In response to revelations of failures in the Google Flu Trends’ predictive capabilities, Northeastern University researchers examined how Big Data can best be utilized for scientific gain in a report published online on Thursday in the journal Science.
Northeastern mobile systems expert David Choffnes says data brokering, in which the data we share online is bought and sold by third parties, has blossomed into a viable industry and is the reason many popular apps are free. But he says the average user knows little about how their personal information is shared.
Data Day, hosted by Northeastern last Friday, highlighted the importance of data in shaping public opinion and guiding policy.
The real world is an enormously complex network in which everything is interconnected. Assistant professor of computer and information science Yizhou Sun develops data-mining algorithms that take advantage of that complexity.
Students in Northeastern’s Foundation Year program proved math concepts apply to real-world issues in a presentation to a trio of local politicians and celebrities.